Mayor Adam Barringer, Councilwoman Deborah Denys remain silent
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Pastor Lorenzo Laws of the Allen Chapel AME Church informed his parishioners in Sunday morning's sermon that he was contacted by a senior staffer in the Miami field office of the U.S. Department of Justice and she's making arrangements to personally pay a visit to the city and "get to the bottom" why blacks got the lion's share of Ku Klux Klan flyers.
The flyers -- with the image of the over-sized white hood that since the early days of Jim Crow has been the unmistakable symbol the mark of the militant and cross-burning Ku Klux Klan -- were contained in clear plastic baggies with fishing weights in them so they wouldn't blow away.
Headline Surfer®, which quickly followed Orlando's FOX 35 in breaking the story, was the lone media outlet to pay a visit to the church for Sunday's worship attended by 40 or so regular worshippers who mostly live in the tight-knit Westside, borne out of segregation, with separate black public schools as late as 1969.
Laws told Headline Surfer®, that he didn't contact the Justice Department, but rather "they contacted me after learning about it online with your reporting and the other (bigger) media reports.
"They're going to bring an entourage and they're going to "get to the bottom of it," Laws told the 24/7 internet newspaper, reiterating what he had informed his congregants moments earlier in his sermon.
New Smyrna Beach police took filled out complaints from four residents and ended its investyigation within hours, even noting in its own incident report that that was trickled to media outlets over a period of days with no press release issued nor any attempt made to contact the FBI or the Justice Department.